The Military In U.S. Culture

The Military In U.S. Culture

We explore a growing military-civilian divide and how it shapes our thinking about defense and foreign policy.

From yellow ribbon bumper stickers to congressional speechifying, public support of the U.S. military has reached levels not seen since World War II. Fewer Americans than ever serve in uniform, yet our culture is steeped in military-themed TV shows, movies and video games. Some argue that uncritical patriotic fervor complicates substantive discussion of everything from defense spending to the role of the military in foreign policy. We explore a growing military-civilian divide, and how it shapes our thinking about American power.

Guests

James Dao

Reporter, New York Times; Co-editor, "At War" Blog, NYTimes.com

Aaron O'Connell

Professor of History, US Naval Academy; Author, "Underdog: The Making of the Modern Marine Corp;" Lieutenant Colonel, Marine Corps Reserve

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